Back in March (Post # 78 or LXVIII), I wrote a short piece for the anniversary of the death of one of today’s birthday celebrators, the late Daniel MacMaster of the short-lived group Bonham, which was named after its’ founder, drummer Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham). I bring back this tale to celebrate his credentials and contributions to the industry that I’m so fond of.
Daniel MacMaster’s vocals on Bonham’s “The Disregard of Timekeeping” (1989) and “Mad Hatter” while with group were nothing short of an inspiration for me, as I was just cutting my teeth into what would ultimately become my career (not the writing, if you’ve been paying attention). Back in those days, the tracks like the ever-popular “Wait For You”, “Room For Us All”, “Chimera” (from ‘Mad Hatter’), “Bringin’ Me Down” and “Guilty” were never too far from my ears.
For a group that only put out two albums, Mr. MacMaster’s singing is something that has stuck with me since before I became an adult…which speaks volumes, as I’m not nearly as mature as I think. Daniel also released solo albums (“No Thanks” in 1994, “Rock Bonham…And The Long Way Back” in 2005, and “Heroes of the Night”, which was part of a collaboration, in 2008. Unfortunately, if you’ve been paying attention, he was taken from this planet on March 16, 2008…and the rock universe (as a whole) has not been the same since.
You certainly won’t be disappointed in seeking these out though whatever social media you so desire to use…looks like I have a lot of digging to do myself!
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\